Health Alerts: Infant sleep positioners, bouncer seats, and more
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
Warning on infant sleep positioners
Parents and caregivers are being warned not to put infants in sleep positioners because
they can cause a baby to struggle to breathe and lead to death.
The Food and Drug Administration issued the warning in response to reports of babies
who have died from suffocation associated with the sleep positioners, also called
nests or anti-roll products. In most cases, the babies suffocated after rolling from
their sides to their stomachs.
Two of the most common types of sleep positioners have supports attached to each side
of a mat or a wedge used to raise a baby’s head. The positioners are meant to keep
infants under 6 months old in a specific position while sleeping.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants sleep on their backs,
positioned on a firm sleep surface that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.
This surface should not include any soft objects, toys, pillows or loose bedding.
To reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including accidental suffocation
and sudden infant death syndrome, follow the ABCs of safe infant sleep: Alone on the Back in a bare Crib. For details, visit AAP HealthyChildren.org at http://bit.ly/2wvuy1E.
Report adverse events or side effects related to sleep positioners at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report or call 800-332-1088 to request a form.
Bouncer seat safety
Infant bouncer seats should be placed in stable locations, and safety restraints should
be used to protect infants from falling, according to the Consumer Product Safety
Bouncer seats support babies in a reclined position and allow them to bounce. Since
2006, 347 incidents related to bouncer seats have been reported, including 12 deaths,
concussions and skull fractures.
Follow these tips to help prevent injuries:
Always use the bouncer on the floor, never on a countertop, table or other elevated
Never place the bouncer on a bed, sofa or other soft surface because babies have suffocated
when bouncers tipped over onto soft surfaces.
Always use restraints and adjust restraints to fit snugly.
Stay near and watch the baby during use.
Stop using the bouncer when a child can sit up alone or weighs 20 pounds or reaches
the weight limit on the label.
The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents not to use sitting devices, including
car safety seats, strollers, swings, infant carriers and infant slings for routine
sleep. Infants who are younger than 4 months are especially at risk because they might
assume positions that can create risk of suffocation or airway obstruction. Infants
who fall asleep in a sitting device should be moved to a crib or other safe sleep
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the
following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise
instructed. Consumers can submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product
safety database at www.SaferProducts.gov. A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
Children’s plates, bowls
Units: About 3.6 million
Hazard: The clear, plastic layer over the graphics can peel off, posing a choking hazard to
Description: Recalled are Playtex plates and bowls for children with various printed designs, including
cars, construction scenes, giraffes, princesses and superheroes. Dishes were sold
separately and as sets.
Sold at: Babies “R” Us, Target, Walmart and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com
from October 2009 through August 2017 for about $2.50 for a plate or bowl and $15
for the set.
Hazard: If the chests of drawers are not anchored to the wall, they can tip over and trap,
injure or kill children.
Description: Recalled are Mainstays four-drawer chests with a decorative pull on each drawer. The
composite wood chests were sold in six colors: alder, black forest, white, weathered
oak, walnut and ruby red. Recalled model numbers are 5412012WP, 5412301WP, 5412328WP,
5412015WY, 5412301WY, 5412012PCOM, 5412015PCOM, 5412026PCOM, 5412213PCOM, 5412214PCOM,
5412301PCOM, 5412317PCOM and 5412328PCOM. The number is printed on the instruction
Remedy: Contact Ameriwood for a repair kit, wall anchoring device and feet. For installation
guidance, contact Ameriwood.
Hazard: If the dressers are not anchored to the wall, they can tip over and trap, injure
or kill children.
Description: Recalled are Room Essentials four-drawer dressers sold in three colors. Model number
249-05-0103 (black), 249-05-0106 (espresso) or 249-05-0109 (maple) is printed on the
Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2013 through April
2016 for about $118.
Remedy: Return the dresser to any Target store for a refund.
Hazard: The metal band can wear through the fabric covering of the slap bracelet and cut the
person wearing the bracelet.
Description: The recalled slap bracelets were included with DreamWorks Trolls: It's Hug Time! children's
Sold at: Book and other retail stores nationwide, book fairs and clubs, and online at Amazon.com,
Barnesandnoble.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from September 2016 through
August 2017 for about $13.
Remedy: Contact the company for instructions on discarding the bracelet and to receive a free
Hazard: The lit firework can tip over and fire shells at bystanders, posing burn, fire and
Description: Recalled are Fireworks Over America Serious Spinout multi-effect fireworks sold individually
and by the case. Product code FOA 2773 is printed on the back panel. The fireworks
consist of eight tubes wrapped in colorful paper and bundled together. “Serious Spinout,”
“Warning” and an image of two yellow cars are printed on the front panel.
Sold at: Fireworks Over America wholesale distribution centers and retail fireworks stores,
tents and stands nationwide from October 2016 through July 2017 for about $10.
Hazard: The helmet’s buckle can disengage, posing a risk of head injury.
Description: All 2016 and 2017 Smith Quantum ski and snowboard helmets are recalled. They were
sold in sizes S, M, L and XL in black/charcoal, white/charcoal, red/charcoal, blue,
olive green, bright green/black and gray.
Remedy: Contact the company for return and repair instructions.
Hazard: The helmet buckle does not meet safety standards and puts the user at risk of head
Description: The Pro-Tec City Lite and Pro-Tec Street Lite adult multisport helmets have chin straps
secured by plastic buckles and were sold in sizes S, M, L and XL. “ERGO-LOK” and “UTX
D-FLEX” logos are printed on the buckles. “Pro-Tec City Lite” or “Pro-Tec Street Lite”
labels are printed inside the helmet.
Sold at: McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods, Quality Bicycle Products, Uncle Funky’s Boards and
other sports specialty stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and ProtecB2C.com
from February 2016 through January 2017 for about $80 for the City Lite helmet and
about $60 for the Street Lite helmet.
Hazard: The snaps on the fleece pullovers can fall off and children can choke on them.
Description: Recalled are L.L. Bean toddler sweater fleece pullovers sold in sizes 2T, 3T and 4T.
The pullovers have blue trim and were sold in three colors; red, heather gray and
light lilac. They have four snaps, two pockets and the L.L. Bean logo tag on the front.
Item number 300206 and lot 02/17 are printed on tags attached to the neckline.
Sold exclusively at: L.L. Bean stores nationwide, L.L. Bean catalog and online at www.llbean.com from April through August 2017 for about $50.
Hazard: Rattles sewn into the booties can detach, posing a choking hazard.
Description: Recalled are Nat & Jules brand story time bib and bootie sets for infants, ages 3
through 6 months. The multicolored pastel sets were sold in dragon, unicorn, sea creature,
princess, pirate or rocket ship themes. Serial numbers range from 5004700491 to 5004700496
and are printed on the side of the bib. Rattle attachments are sewn into the booties.
Sold at: Christus Health Retail Systems, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, More Than Words, The Mole
Hole of Peddler’s Village & Eash Sales from June through August for about $25.
Remedy: Return to any store that sells Demdaco’s products for a refund.